Library and archives

Christ Church Library is an important resource and research centre primarily intended to support students during their studies; a separate 24hr Law Library is available to law students. The Upper library also contains a large collection of early printed books and manuscripts and is particularly rich in music, theology, classics, travel books, numismatics, early science, medicine and Hebrew studies.

All members of the college are welcome to use the modern collections on the ground floor. College members and visiting researchers can consult rare books and manuscripts by appointment. The Library also offers numerous exhibitions, talks and workshops throughout the year, some of which are also open to members of the public.

Opening hours

Open daily in Term Time from Monday (0th week) until Friday (10th week):    8am - 1am


Monday - Friday:    9am - 5pm

The Library will be CLOSED to all between: 15th December 2018 - 2nd January 2019

Special Collections

Monday to Friday 10am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 4.30pm (provided there is a member of staff available in the Upper Library). Please contact us to arrange an appointment.

Current exhibition: Winckelmann and Curiosity in the 18th-Century Gentleman's Library (29 June-30 November 2018)

Temporary exhibition: Sir Dimitri Obolensky FBA, Professor of Russian and Balkan History 1961-1985 (26-28 September 2018)

Research News

Library and archives
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 12:29
Just a few days ago, on 27 January, was Lewis Carroll's birthday. There is no special anniversary...
Library and archives
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:53
When we embarked on the Wolsey Manuscripts Project, we started by digitizing, and creating an...
Library and archives
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 11:41
Among the many exciting things that Christ Church Library does increasingly well these days is...